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Brian

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  • Red November: Inside the Secret U.S.-Soviet Submarine War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By W. Craig Reed
    • Narrated By Tom Weiner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (150)

    Red November is filled with hair-raising, behind-the-scenes stories that take you deep beneath the surface and into the action of the Cold War. Few know how close the world has come to annihilation better than the warriors who served America during the tense, 45-year struggle known as the Cold War. Yet for decades, their work has remained shrouded in secrecy.

    Rick says: "Blind Man's Bluff meets Cuban Missile Crisis"
    "Not quite what I expected"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I expected this book to be an in-depth look at the cold war submarine actions between the USA and USSR. I was looking for something that explained the significance of these warships and the crews that manned the in the outcome of the cold war. I'm also an engineer, so I was interested in how technological developments in the subs on both sides impacted the arms race. This book didn't really do any of these things, at least not in modern terms. Red November focuses mostly on the Cuban missile crisis and doesn't really discuss any events from the 80's or early 90's.


    What could W. Craig Reed have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Red November tells stories from the perspective of the submariners who lived through the events. The author recounts these stories by recreating the events through the dialog of the people who were there. This is a good way of telling the story, but does not leave much room for analysis of the significance of the events that were going on around the characters.


    Could you see Red November being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    The narrator did a good job. He was entertaining and I never got bored with his performance. The only criticism I have with is performance is that he had some issues properly pronouncing some words and acronyms in the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hyperion

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dan Simmons
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor, Allyson Johnson, Kevin Pariseau, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3310)
    Performance
    (1892)
    Story
    (1910)

    On the world called Hyperion, beyond the law of the Hegemony of Man, there waits the creature called the Shrike. There are those who worship it. There are those who fear it. And there are those who have vowed to destroy it. In the Valley of the Time Tombs, where huge, brooding structures move backward through time, the Shrike waits for them all.

    aaron says: "A LESSON in How to Write Smart, Dark, ADULT SciFi"
    "Hands down the best Sci-Fi book I've listened to!"
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    Would you listen to Hyperion again? Why?

    Without a doubt. I remember seeing this book in the stores when I was a kid. (how could you not notice that cover?) I forgot about it for a long time, but it came up as a recommendation for me from Audible. It was so highly rated that I decided I had to listen to it. Audible listeners rarely let me down and Hyperion was no exception. The style of this book is like no other Sci-Fi book I've read. It tells stories from a first person narrative style that pulls you in from the beginning.The narration is also the best I've ever listened to. There is a score of narrators who each perform one character. This gives Hyperion more of a theatrical feel, and all of the narrators are excellent. They each bring their characters to life in their own unique style.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I generally don't get too emotional listening to books. The exception is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy (I challenge anyone to listen to that book without getting emotional!) and Hyperion. Each character tells their own unique story. There are tragedies, comedies, love stories, and action stories. Each one draws a response from you that you have to experience to appreciate.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a long book but one well worth the time. I'm looking forward to listening to the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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